When someone starts to exercise, it is normal to experience some muscle soreness. However, training to the point of pain ( muscle strain, joint pain, ligament or tendon strains) is not normal, or even recommended. Seriously, forget the whole old "no pain, no gain" mantra. It's a bunch of malarkey.
Adopting a healthy, active lifestyle is a commitment. You are making an actual behavior change! Adhering to exercising long term while becoming healthier, happier, and more efficient in performing everyday activities.
Training to the point of pain will make you more likely to experience burnout (psychological) and/or overuse injuries (physiological). These injuries will, in time, derail your ability to reach your fitness goals.
The Bottom Line
Train smarter, not harder! Set realistic goals and identify ways to be physically active in ways that you enjoy — whether it's practicing yoga, lifting weights at the gym, mountain biking, or walking with someone around your neighborhood.
Setting realistic goals paired with activities you enjoy will ensure that your approach sets you up for success. Creating a safe and effective plan such as this will make it easy to adhere to long-term and will help you lead a healthier, more mobile life.
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